New partnership heralds bright Net Zero future for accountancy
Net Zero Now has joined forces with the Association of International Accountants (AIA) to help accountancy practices in the UK get on the road to net zero.
The new partnership will provide AIA members with access to Net Zero Now’s industry-backed standard for carbon reduction, enabling them to take positive action on climate change and become ‘Net Zero’ certified. It also gives members access to the Net Zero Now online platform, which provides simple tools and recommendations for measuring and reducing carbon emissions, along with access to an offsetting programme to compensate for any unavoidable emissions.
Net Zero Now developed its Accountancy Protocol in partnership with accountancy bodies, the ICAEW, ACCA, AAT and the Good Business Charter, to provide a tailored roadmap to net zero for accountancy practices.
By being seen to act on climate change and by getting certified with Net Zero Now, accountancy firms have the opportunity to:
- Gain a competitive advantage
- Win more business
- Generate considerable savings from energy use, waste reduction, staff travel, office refurbs etc
- Hire and retain better staff
- Secure investment
Neil Ross Russell, Net Zero Now Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the AIA to help more accountancy practices set out on their journey to Net Zero. Our platform and Protocol have been designed by accountants, for accountants, and are tailored to take into account - no pun intended - the typical impacts of firms. As more and more stakeholders seek out services from, and look to invest in, more sustainable businesses, net zero accountancy practices have the chance to leverage their certification for commercial advantage, whilst also doing their bit for the planet.”
AIA Marketing & PR Manager, Carl Jepson, added: “We are very pleased to welcome leading climate platform, Net Zero Now, as a new strategic partner. Net Zero Now will offer our members an industry-backed, sector-specific platform providing them with a clear, simple route to make an immediate impact on the climate crisis.”
Every business must play its part in fighting the climate crisis. There are over 280,000 accountants in the UK who advise over 5 million businesses and individuals, and so have enormous outreach and opportunity for instigating climate action. Accountancy practices now have tools they need to make the journey to net zero a clear and credible one, whilst putting the profession at the vanguard of responsible businesses who are seeking to achieve their net zero goals way ahead of the 2050 UK target.
2050 is too late. We need Net Zero Now!
Go to www.netzeronow.org/accountants to find out more.